Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer's vision in a single, accessible volume. A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World: challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights; champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today; overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care; discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer's service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere; and leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.
Foreword by President Bill Clinton Introduction by Jonathan Weigel Part I: Reimagining Equity General Anesthesia for the (Young Doctor's) Soul? Brown Medical School, Commencement 2001 Epiphany, Metanoia, Praxis: Turning Road Angst into Hope--and Action Boston College, Commencement 2005 Three Stories, Three Paradigms, and a Critique of Social Entrepreneurship Skoll World Forum, Oxford University 2008 The Story of the Inhaler College of the Holy Cross, Commencement 2012 Countering Failures of Imagination Northwestern University, Commencement 2012 Part II: The Future of Medicine and the Big Picture If You Take the Red Pill: Reflections on the Future of Medicine Harvard Medical School, Class Day 2003 Medicine as a Vocation University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Commencement 2004 Haiti After the Earthquake Harvard Medical School, Talks@Twelve Speaker Series 2010 The Tetanus Speech University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Commencement 2010 Part III: Health, Human Rights, and Unnatural Disasters Global Health Equity and the Missing Weapons of Mass Salvation Harvard School of Public Health, Commencement 2004 Making Public Health Matter Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Commencement 2006 Unnatural Disasters and the Right to Health Care Tulane School of Medicine, Commencement 2008 Exploring the Adjacent Possible Georgetown University, Commencement 2011 Part IV: Service, Solidarity, Social Justice Who Stands Fast? Union Theological Seminary, Union Medal Acceptance Speech 2006 Courage and Compassion in the Time of Guantanamo Emory University, Commencement 2007 Spirituality and Justice All Saints Parish (Brookline, MA), Spirituality and Justice Award Acceptance Speech 2008 Making Hope and History Rhyme Princeton University, Commencement 2008 The Drum Major Instinct Boston University, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2009 Accompaniment as Policy Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Commencement 2011 Notes Acknowledgments